Indie Game Minecraft Selling Like Hotcakes After Server Crash
There’s this game called Minecraft. It’s in alpha, but you can buy the current version (which will give you access to all future versions) and play it in your browser. It costs ten dollars. It’s playable on low-end machines.
This past weekend, the game’s servers crashed due to a large increase in players, and everybody got to play it for free. Before the servers went down, the game had sold 175,000 copies over many months. In the day since the server came back up, however, 25,000 copies have been sold.
And that was as of five hours ago. So holy crap. The game is the work of one-man developer Mojang, and so it’s probably safe to say that Markus Persson, the “one man,” has more money now than he ever has before. Congrats, Markus. Sure, this isn’t $200 million, but it also didn’t cost much to make, and all the money goes straight back to the developer.
Indie games! Yeah! I’d try to describe this game to you, but it’s really hard to do that. Basically, you build things and try not to die. Here’s a video of Markus Persson riding a roller coaster he built.